Monday, February 11, 2008

Lent: Monday, February 11, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 37:1-11

One of the great things we see in the Bible is that the people were people, just as we are.  How many of us, have had a little brother or sister that new how to push our buttons.  Or, how many of us have had older brothers or sisters that would not listen to us.  We see that dynamic playing out in this story.  As we will see in the coming days, it takes a drastic departure from our experiences. But, the feelings behind it are the same.  No one can grate your last nerve like family.  No one can love you like family. 

Today, may we thank God for our families, and may we remember that they are ours, even when they get on our last nerve. 

New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 1:1-19

We see Paul here talking about another family that can sometimes have its fair share of problems: the church. Paul reminds us that we are baptized into Christ, and that He is the one that has called us and He is the one that we serve. We can have our problems and disagreements sometimes, but let us always remember that it is Christ who has called us and He has something for us, together, greater than any one of us can do alone. 

Gospel Lesson

Mark 1:1-13

One of the words we see over and over again in Mark's Gospel is the word immediately.  Jesus is always going, always at work, always doing what He is called by His Father to do.  Sometimes we are called to wait and plan and have patience.  Sometimes we are called to go at that moment and do what we are called to do.  Today, may we have the grace to discern the two and when we are called to do something at that time, let's do it!

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